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Health & Fit What we know so far about the new China virus

16:25  21 january  2020
16:25  21 january  2020 Source:   msn.com

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What we know about the virus . 2019-nCoV, as it's been labelled, is understood to be a new strain of coronavirus that has not previously been identified It's a time when hundreds of millions travel around China to visit family, raising fears that authorities will not be able to adequately monitor further spread

Health officials in China said Monday that a new SARS-like virus spreading in China and into other Asian countries has been transmitted from person to The outbreak of what is being called the Wuhan virus has coincided with the movement of hundreds of millions of people in China 's Lunar New Year

A new SARS-like virus has killed six people in China and infected nearly 300 others.

a group of people standing around a bag of luggage: Travellers wearing protective masks arrive at the Beijing Capital Airport in Beijing.© NOEL CELIS / AFP Travellers wearing protective masks arrive at the Beijing Capital Airport in Beijing.

Fears have been mounting that the virus will spread during the massive annual Lunar New Year migration. A host of Asian countries and the United States have introduced new screening checks for passengers from Wuhan, the Chinese city identified as the epicentre.

Here's what we know about the virus:

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- It's entirely new -

The virus appears to be a never-before-seen strain of coronavirus -- a large family of viruses that can cause diseases ranging from the common cold to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), which killed 349 people in mainland China and another 299 in Hong Kong between 2002 and 2003.

Arnaud Fontanet, head of the department of epidemiology at the Institut Pasteur in Paris, told AFP the current virus strain was 80 percent genetically identical to SARS.

China has already shared the genome sequencing of this novel coronavirus with the international scientific community.

For now, it is being dubbed "2019-nCoV".

- It's being passed between humans -

The World Health Organization said Monday it believed an animal source was the "primary source" of the outbreak, and Wuhan authorities identified a seafood market as the center of the epidemic.

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A mysterious new virus that was first reported in the central Chinese city of Wuhan and has since spread to two other domestic cities and three countries How many cases have been reported so far ? Chinese authorities today reported a sharp jump in the number of cases, announcing the discovery of

Chinese officials have said a new coronavirus virus can spread from person to person, as "It's about identifying those with a high risk and making sure those who have a high risk know More tourists visit Australia from China than from any other country, with more than 1 million people arriving in 2019.

But China has since confirmed that there was evidence the virus is now passing from person to person, without any contact with the market.

Doctor Nathalie MacDermott of King's College London said it seems likely that the virus is spread through droplets in the air from sneezing or coughing.

Doctors at the University of Hong Kong published an initial paper Tuesday modelling the spread of the virus which estimated that there have been some 1,343 cases in Wuhan -- similar to a projection of 1,700 last week by Imperial College, London.

Both are much higher than official figures.

- It is milder than SARS -

Compared with SARS, the symptoms appear to be less aggressive, and experts say the death toll is still relatively low.

According to authorities in Wuhan, 25 of the more than 200 people infected in the city have already been discharged.

"It's difficult to compare this disease with SARS," said Zhong Nanshan, a renowned scientist at China's National Health Commission at a press conference this week. "It's mild. The condition of the lung is not like SARS."

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However, the milder nature of the virus can also cause alarm.

The outbreak comes as China prepares for the Lunar New Year Holiday, with hundreds of millions travelling across the country to see family.

Professor Antoine Flahault, director of the Institute of Global Health at the University of Geneva, told AFP that the fact that the virus seems milder in the majority of people is "paradoxically more worrying" as it allows people to travel further before their symptoms are detected.

"Wuhan is a major hub and with travel being a huge part of the fast approaching Chinese New Year, the concern level must remain high," said Dr Jeremy Farrar, Director of the Wellcome Trust.

- International public health emergency? -

The WHO will hold a meeting on Wednesday to determine whether the outbreak constitutes a "public health emergency of international concern" and if so, what should be done to manage it.

The agency has only used the rare label a handful of times, including during the H1N1 -- or swine flu -- pandemic of 2009 and the Ebola epidemic that devastated parts of West Africa from 2014 to 2016.

The Chinese government announced Tuesday it was classifying the outbreak in the same category as the SARS outbreak, meaning compulsory isolation for those diagnosed with the disease and the potential to implement quarantine measures on travel.

But if the WHO decides to take this step, it would put the Wuhan virus in the same category as a handful of very serious epidemics.

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There are now 11 cases in the United States, but officials are urging people not to panic because the risk of being exposed is still low. Of the 11 cases in the U.S., the vast majority involved people who had recently traveled to Wuhan, signaling that people who weren't in the outbreak's epicenter were predominantly not at risk.There are only two cases of people becoming infected with the virus without visiting Wuhan, one in California and one in Illinois. In both cases, the individual tested positive for the virus after the person's spouse returned from China.On Friday, U.S.

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